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Dr Robert Flynn

Following original training in economics and organisational psychology, Robert worked for ten years in a variety of both OD and line management roles in multinational corporations. He left corporate employment in 1990, joining with others to form a boutique strategy consulting firm. After seven years of consulting to a wide range of public and private sector enterprises, he realised he needed further professional development to prepare for the next stage of his career.

He began mature-age study in philosophy, going on to complete a PhD in critical thinking. This work, in turn, led to a developing interest in the arena of complexity, and more specifically into the challenges facing decision-makers working under conditions of volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity. He resumed his consulting work in 2001 as an independent contractor, concentrating on projects that required specialist input on the unravelling of social, political, geo-political and cultural complexity.
Since then most of his assignments have involved problem-solving and knowledge management across five sectors: oil & gas, mining, energy, construction, and government. Besides Australia, he worked on projects in the US, Canada, UK, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, PRC, UAE, Chile and NZ.

Recurring themes in his work include:

The identification and elimination of systemic risk exposure
The design and implementation of strategies to resolve so-called ‘wicked problem’ conditions
The design and implementation of strategies to achieve HRO capability (High Reliability Operation)
Cultural transformation planning for both the pre and post corporate merger environments
Reconciling and aligning the expectations and aspirations of diverse stakeholders in both trans-national and trans-cultural contexts
The creation, management and retention of ‘mission-critical’ knowledge, for both operational and succession purposes
The re-calibration of business models to fit the demands of a more volatile and uncertain business environment

Robert did his economics and psychology studies at Trinity College Dublin, and his philosophy work at the State University of New York and the University of Tasmania. He holds both EU and Australian passports and can converse proficiently in Spanish and German. He lives in Melbourne with his wife, where they are close to their adult children and grandchildren.